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Plantain Cupcakes
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Plantain Cupcakes

I think of these as a Latin-inspired cross between Bananas Foster and coffee cake. I topped the plantain cupcakes with a brown sugar rum glaze and homemade sweet plantain chips.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 cupcakes
Calories: 286kcal
Author: Stefani


Fried Plantains and Chips Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 yellow plantains
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Plantain Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup mashed fried plantains (see recipe below)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup spiced rum
  • 1/2 cup milk

Brown-Sugar Rum Glaze

  • 3 tablepsoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup spiced rum
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Fried Plantains/Chips Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet on medium-low heat.
  • Peel plantains and slice into ¼-inch thick slices.
  • Add plantain slices to skillet and cook until bottoms turn golden, about 5 minutes.
  • Flip and continue to cook for another few minutes. Add brown sugar to the skillet and stir to coat slices.
  • Remove from heat. In a food processor, combine 1 cup cooked plantains to yield ¾ cup mashed plantains.
  • Set aside.
  • Place remaining slices in a single layer on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Bake for 8 minutes.
  • Flip and bake plantains for another 8 minutes, until exteriors harden.

Plantain Cupcakes Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  • In another medium mixing bowl, mix brown sugar, mashed plantains and eggs.
  • Mix in vegetable oil, vanilla, rum and milk.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  • Fill cupcake liners ¾ full.
  • Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out dry.

Brown Sugar Rum Glaze Instructions

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
  • Add brown sugar and stir continuously until just boiling.
  • Add rum and stir well.
  • Grab the saucepan handle, and tilt saucepan slightly over the flame of a gas burner to ignite rum. (Be sure to lean back from flames.)
  • Continue to stir until flames subside.
  • Stir in heavy whipping cream until just combined.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in powdered sugar and salt.
  • Spread glaze over cooled cupcakes and top with a plantain chip.


If you can't find plantains near you, you could make this recipe using underripe bananas.


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 5.7mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 0.9mg